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Lawan advises Nigerian leaders to emulate Goodluck Jonathan
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Lawan advises Nigerian leaders to emulate Goodluck Jonathan

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has urged Nigerian leaders to emulate former President Goodluck Jonathan. The Yobe Senator urged politicians to be honest, selfless and continue to work for the unity of the country. Lawan spoke on Friday at the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation’s policy dialogue themed: “Democracy and unity of state.’’ The lawmaker stressed the need for office holders to be open to the people and in their dealings. “When political leaders allow for suspicion between and among themselves, those at the grassroots will behave the same way,’’ he said. Lawan described Jonathan as a leader that believed in the oneness , progress and development of Nigeria and Africa. “There are many of us here who are not of the PDP. This, to me, is a clear testimony of one fact that y...
Comedian Cute Abiola is not missing – Nigerian Navy says, reveals his whereabout
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Comedian Cute Abiola is not missing – Nigerian Navy says, reveals his whereabout

The Nigerian Navy has debunked claims that one of its personnel who is also a popular comedian, Abdulgafar AA aka Cute Abiola, is missing. Skit maker, Mr Macaroni, last night raised alarm over claims that Cute Abiola is missing and called for help to find him. In a statement released this morning by Suleman Dahun on behalf of the Chief of Navy Staff, the Nigerian Navy says contrary to reports, the comedian is in custody for breaching the Armed forces social media policy. Read the statement below:
Rashford Awarded MBE for Campaign to End Child Food Poverty
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Rashford Awarded MBE for Campaign to End Child Food Poverty

England and Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has been awarded an MBE for his campaign to support vulnerable children. Rashford has been recognised for his drive to ensure no child in need went hungry, which resulted in the Government changing its policy over its free school meals vouchers during lockdown. The England forward has maintained his campaign for social change by forming a child food poverty taskforce, which has linked up with some of the UK's biggest supermarkets and food brands. Rashford was joined by his mother, Melanie, at the investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle on Tuesday, where he received his MBE from the Duke of Cambridge. Speaking about his mother, Rashford said: "She's a huge inspiration. Everyone knows my story of growing up, but you have to...
Anti-open grazing law has come to stay – Akeredolu replies El-Rufai
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Anti-open grazing law has come to stay – Akeredolu replies El-Rufai

Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has said that the anti-open grazing law has come to stay. Akeredolu, who is the Chairman of the Southern Governors Forum, had signed into law the Anti-Grazing Bill passed by the State House of Assembly, despite Miyetti Allah saying members would not recognize any anti-open grazing policy in the country . However, Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna, responded, saying the anti-open grazing law by the southern governors is not implementable Responding to El-Rufai, Akeredolu said the law has come to stay. Speaking through the state commissioner for Information and orientation, Donald Ojogo, Akeredolu said: "There is no wisdom in condemning/banning open grazing, prohibiting inter border movement of cattle in the North, includi...
McKennie out of USMNT squad for team policy violation as Reyna is ruled out due to injury
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McKennie out of USMNT squad for team policy violation as Reyna is ruled out due to injury

The U.S. will be without two starters for Sunday's clash with Canada Weston McKennie has been left out of the U.S. men's national team squad against Canada due to a "violation of team policy", U.S. Soccer confirmed, while Gio Reyna is set to miss the team's next two matches with a hamstring injury. McKennie and Reyna both started the team's 0-0 draw with El Salvador, with Reyna now ruled out for Sunday's match against Canada and Wednesday's visit to Honduras. With Reyna out for both games, McKennie's status is uncertain heading into the final game of the international break.
Nigerian govt to make COVID-19 vaccination compulsory for civil servants
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Nigerian govt to make COVID-19 vaccination compulsory for civil servants

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, has said the federal government will soon make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for civil servants. Mustapha disclosed this during a meeting of the Health Commissioners Forum on Thursday in Abuja. He explained that the government wants civil servants to be vaccinated, as they represent Nigeria abroad sometimes. The SGF, who is also the chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 (PSC), further noted that some countries have banned unvaccinated persons is one of the reasons civil servants should embrace vaccination. “You should, in the course of this meeting, deliberate on the challenges caused by vaccine hesitancy all over the country. It is expected that you will come with policy al...
No ransom was paid by Niger state government to secure release of Islammiya students – Senator Musa
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No ransom was paid by Niger state government to secure release of Islammiya students – Senator Musa

Lawmaker representing Niger East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Mohammed Musa has said that the Niger state government paid no ransom to secure release of abducted Islammiya students. Though some news platforms reported that over N60m and new motorcycles were given as ransom to the bandits, Senator Musa in an interview on Channels Television noted that the Niger State Government has repeatedly said it would never pay ransom to the bandits. He said;   “The Niger State Government has made it very categorically clear and one of the policies of the state government His Excellency initiated, there is no payment of ransom for whatever reasons. “I so much agree with him (Governor Abubakar Bello) because the more you give the ransom, the more the trade wi...
US intel expert Matthew Page blasts America after meeting Nigeria’s Lai Mohammed
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US intel expert Matthew Page blasts America after meeting Nigeria’s Lai Mohammed

Matthew Page, the immediate past US intelligence expert on Nigeria has condemned the meeting between American officials and Information Minister, Lai Mohammed. Page blew hot on Saturday after a U.S. Mission in Nigeria post on Twitter. A photo of senior cabinet members with the President Muhammadu Buhari appointee accompanied it. “We’re pleased that Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed met with @ECA_AS Matthew Lussenhop & @ECAatState colleagues to discuss potential bilateral cultural heritage property collaboration and ongoing education and exchange programs”, the tweet reads. In his reaction, Page, an associate fellow at Chatham House, expressed disgust that the officials met Mohammed. He reminded America that the parley took place despite the Al...
Marcus Rashford defends his charity partnerships over claims he ‘benefited commercially’
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Marcus Rashford defends his charity partnerships over claims he ‘benefited commercially’

Marcus Rashford has defended his off-field partnerships following claims that he profited from his campaigning. The Manchester United and England star earned an MBE for his charitable efforts helping feed children in need throughout the last year-and-a-half. Rashford called out the government on a number of occasions during the pandemic to ensure schoolchildren were given access to meals, which resulted in U-turns and a shift in policy, and he did a huge amount to raise funds for charity. The forward, who was racially abused after missing a penalty in the final of Euro 2020, tweeted on Tuesday night that he had heard political magazine The Spectator was planning to run a story suggesting he has ‘benefitted commercially’ from his charity work and decided to speak against it. ...
APC Governors Agree to Implement Judicial and Legislative Autonomy
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APC Governors Agree to Implement Judicial and Legislative Autonomy

Governors elected under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) are set to commence process for implementation of autonomy of the judiciary and state legislature as directed by the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) Committee and other stakeholders. Chairman of the Forum, Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi state said the decision was reached at an emergency meeting of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) where the recommendations of Gov Aminu Tambuwal- led NGF Committee were reviewed. Attorneys-General of APC- controlled States have been directed to begin consultations with a view to providing necessary legal framework for the implementation of the policy. Bagudu said;   "Endorsed agreements reached by the Governor Tambuwal-led NGF Committee and enjoined all APC ...
China Scraps Law Banning Parents from Having over two Children, increases limit to three
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China Scraps Law Banning Parents from Having over two Children, increases limit to three

China has scrapped its controversial 'two child' policy and will now allow couples to have three kids. According to Chinese state media, the move was approved by President Xi Jinping in order to aid the country's ageing population. This comes after Beijing abolished its infamous 'one child' policy in 2016 which had been in place since the late-1970s. The government believed that the high cost of raising kids in Chinese cities deterred many couples from starting families so the two children policy wasn't helping with population growth . "To further optimise the birth policy, (China) will implement a one-married-couple-can-have-three-children policy," state news agency Xinhua said in a report on Monday, 31. The policy change will come with "supportive measures, which will be...
Celestial Church reacts to death of socialite, Kayode Badru
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Celestial Church reacts to death of socialite, Kayode Badru

The Celestial Church of Christ has released a statement concerning the death of socialite Kayode Badru. Badru reportedly died after being involved in a fire accident at a Celestial Church of Christ parish last week. According to the statement the church under the leadership of His Eminence Emmanuel Oshoffa has found it imperative to address the incessant abuse of spiritual perfumes. In the statement released on Saturday, the Celestial Church blamed the incident on abuse of “spiritual perfumes”. The statement read in parts: Godue to the incessant abuse of Spiritual Perfumes within the Church, His Eminence has found it imperative to state for record purposes and correction that henceforth, Spiritual Perfumes intended to be sprayed, sprinkled, or poured with a lighted candle sh...
North Korea Warns US and South Korea of ‘Crisis beyond Control’ in Heated Statements
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North Korea Warns US and South Korea of ‘Crisis beyond Control’ in Heated Statements

The Secretive state of North Korea has warned the United States it will face a "crisis beyond control in the near future" and accused South Korea of carrying out an "intolerable provocation" against Pyongyang in a series of statements released Sunday, May 2. In one statement, North Korea blasted US President Joe Biden for saying, in a speech to Congress on Thursday that Pyongyang's nuclear program presents "a serious threat to America's security and world security." North Korea which is now a nuclear state, accused the US of engaging in "political chicanery" last week, when the State Department called North Korea "one of the most repressive and totalitarian states in the world." Kwon Jong Gun, the director general of the Department of US Affairs at North Korea's Foreign Minist...
British Government Pulls Down Notice Announcing Asylum Policy for Pro-Biafra Groups
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British Government Pulls Down Notice Announcing Asylum Policy for Pro-Biafra Groups

The British Government has pulled down a notice it published regarding its asylum policy for pro-Biafra groups like Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement for the Actualization of Biafra (MASSOB). In an email sent to Radio Now and signed by Hannah Dawson, senior communications officer-Newsdesk at the Home office, the British government said the policy is being reviewed and will be uploaded once it is ready. "Out note on Biafra separatists has been taken down for review, an update is expected shortly" the statement reads. The UK government did not give a time frame as to when the updated policy will be uploaded to their website.
Ngige Threatens Striking Doctors With No-Work, No-Pay Policy
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Ngige Threatens Striking Doctors With No-Work, No-Pay Policy

The Nigerian government said it might be forced to implement a no-work, no-pay policy for striking doctors if the ongoing industrial action persists. Nigeria’s labour and employment minister Chris Ngige on Friday stated that it will not hesitate to ‘invoke’ some labour laws on the doctors. “By Tuesday, I will invite them back. If they become recalcitrant, there are other things I can do. There are weapons in the Labour Laws, I will invoke them. There is no work, no pay,” Ngige said during a Channels Television programme Politics Today. “Their employers have a role also to keep their business afloat, to keep patients alive. They can employ local doctors. We won’t get there but if we are going to get there, we will use that stick.” Nigeria’s National Association of Resident Doc...
5G Might Expose Nigeria to Espionage – NSA
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5G Might Expose Nigeria to Espionage – NSA

The office of the national security adviser (NSA) has expressed its fear with the deployment of 5th Generation (5G) technology in the country. Bala Fakandu, director of communications in NSA who appeared before the senate committee on communications on Thursday February 25, said they are concerned about the deliberate vulnerabilities and backdoors within the 5G network equipment, which according to him might expose Nigeria to "eavesdropping, tracking, cyber-attacks, military and industrial espionage and other malicious activities by foreign actors." Fakandu also asked the ministry of communications and digital economy to carry them along in the formulation of the policy that would guide the use of 5G in the country. He said; “We are concerned about the deliberate vulnerabilit...
President Biden Declares ‘America is Back’ as he Announces Major Foreign Policy Shifts
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President Biden Declares ‘America is Back’ as he Announces Major Foreign Policy Shifts

President Joe Biden on Thursday declared that  America is back' as he outlined his vision for America’s foreign policy agenda. During a speech at the state department, the president reiterated the need for America to strengthen its global alliances. He announced that "diplomacy is back at the center" of US foreign policy and will end all support for Saudi Arabia's offensive operations in Yemen, before revealing plans to appoint an envoy to focus on the long-standing conflict. Biden's announcement at the State Department was just one of the significant changes he said he will make to US foreign policy, including freezing troop redeployments from Germany, raising the cap for refugees allowed into the US, and reaffirming US support for LGBTQ rights worldwide. The president str...
Wear Your Face Masks to Avoid Another Lockdown – Presidency Warns Nigerians
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Wear Your Face Masks to Avoid Another Lockdown – Presidency Warns Nigerians

The Presidency has warned Nigerians to obey all the COVID19 protocols which include wearing a face mask so as to avoid the government from imposing another lockdown. The warning came via a statement signed and released by Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity. The presidency said it is worried by reports of non-compliance with the executive order signed by President Buhari on January 27 that mandates the use of face masks and social distancing. The law stipulates that any defaulter of the COVID19 protocols will be asked to pay a fine or sentenced to 6 months in jail or both. According to the statement, President Muhammadu Buhari signed the executive order with the best of intentions and not with the motive of punishing citizens. “The Presi...
How New Whatsapp Policy Threatens Security Of Nigerians And Other Alternatives
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How New Whatsapp Policy Threatens Security Of Nigerians And Other Alternatives

WhatsApp has been in existence since 2009, providing a primary means of electronic communication to over 2 billion users worldwide as of February 2020. The popular messaging platform has faced backlash since it rolled out the latest Privacy Policy update on January 4. The app announced its new policy which it would force its users to accept by February 8, or stop using the app. The new policy will allow WhatsApp to share data with its parent, Facebook. The new policy however does not apply in EU, since it violates data protection laws. With its parent company, Facebook, being embroiled in legal tussles over privacy concerns, and the new policy not leaving much choice for users, the market for WhatsApp alternatives is flourishing. Apps like Telegram and Signal have witnes...
NERC Denies 50% Increase in Electricity Tariff
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NERC Denies 50% Increase in Electricity Tariff

The management of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, has denied reports that there has been a 50 per cent increase in electricity tariff. NERC’s Head of Public Affairs, Micheal Faloseyi, denied the report in a statement released in Abuja today Tuesday, January 5. According to Faloseyi, rates for service bands have been adjusted by NGN2.00 to NGN4.00 per kWhr. The statement reads   “The attention of the Commission has been drawn to publications in the print and electronic media misinforming electricity consumers that the Commission has approved a 50% increase in electricity tariffs. The commission hereby state unequivocally that no approval has been granted for 50 per cent tariff increase in the tariff order for Electricity Distribution Companie...
Scotland becomes first country in the world to provide free sanitary products for all
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Scotland becomes first country in the world to provide free sanitary products for all

Scotland has made sanitary products free to all women, becoming the first country in the world to take such a step against “period poverty”.   The Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Act, which passed unanimously through its final stage on Tuesday evening, November 24, will place a legal duty on local authorities to make period products available for all those who need them.   The measure makes tampons and sanitary pads available at designated public places such as community centres, youth clubs and pharmacies. First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon called it “an important policy for women and girls”.   “Proud to vote for this groundbreaking legislation, making Scotland the first country in the world to provide free period products for all wh...
Kanu Signs Up For Simba TVS
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Kanu Signs Up For Simba TVS

Nigerian soccer legend, Kanu Nwankwo, was yesterday, unveiled as an ambassador for Simba TVS, distributors of Nigeria's leading brands in the tricycle, motorcycle and power bike Sector.   Kanu said "I have the singular honour and privilege of endorsing and recommending their products. They are number one in their areas of business. Their quality and after sales service policy is demonstrated in their Workshops pan Nigeria”.  Simba TVS places strong emphasis on empowerment, and runs specific programs targeted at women, youths, welfare for the mechanics and rider communities.   Mr Mahendra Pratap,  Simba TVS - Business Head in Nigeria,  said “we are honored and humbled that, Kanu Nwankwo, is endorsing TVS King Tricycles and motorcycles, emphasizing that the two-time Afr...
Katie Hopkins Permanently Banned From Twitter
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Katie Hopkins Permanently Banned From Twitter

Katie Hopkins, has been permanently banned by Twitter, as the social media claimed she broke their rules. The English media personality, who starred on the British version of Donald Trump‘s competition reality series, The Apprentice, in 2007, was kicked off the social media site because “keeping Twitter safe is a top priority for us,” a Twitter spokesperson told the Huffington Post. “Abuse and hateful conduct have no place on our service and we will continue to take action when our rules are broken. In this case, the account has been permanently suspended for violations of our hateful conduct policy.” The 45-year-old who tweeted under the handle @kthopkins, and had over 1 million followers before she was banned from the platform. She has faced criticism over the years for h...
COVID-19: Our Self-isolation Policy Has Failed – Osagie Ehanire
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COVID-19: Our Self-isolation Policy Has Failed – Osagie Ehanire

The federal government said on Thursday that its policy on self-isolation, which prescribes that people should stay at home for certain time to authenticate their COVID-19 status has failed, saying this was the reason quarantining was made compulsory for all those coming into Nigeria. The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, made this known on Thursday in Abuja during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. He specifically made reference to people especially those coming into the country by air, land or sea, saying there were many COVID-19 cases from such persons. Daily Trust recalled that Nigeria’s index case was recorded on February 27, almost a month after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak as a Public Health Emergency ...
Coronavirus: Cross River Government Orders Workers to Resume Work
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Coronavirus: Cross River Government Orders Workers to Resume Work

The Cross River Government has ordered workers in the state's civil service to resume work after a temporary suspension over the Coronavirus pandemic. In a statement released by Governor Ben Ayade's spokesperson Christian Ita, civil servants from grade level 10 were asked to resume work on Tuesday, April 14. The returning civil servants were also told to adhere to the 'no mask, no movement’ policy of the state government. The statement reads in part; “All returning civil servants are to receive nose masks from the COVID-19 Response Task Force through their respective permanent secretaries. “All nose masks to be used in the state must be locally made, with the place of origin clearly marked. “The sale of masks made by the Cross River State Garment Factory is prohibited. M...
‘Slow conveyor belt’ – Neville reveals details of Sir Alex’s transfer policy at Man Utd
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‘Slow conveyor belt’ – Neville reveals details of Sir Alex’s transfer policy at Man Utd

The former defender detailed how the legendary manager would select players, and know when to move on from them Gary Neville explained Sir Alex Ferguson's' overall transfer strategy with Manchester United, likening it to a "very slow conveyor belt" system. Ferguson's tenure with Manchester United saw the Red Devils emerge as a global powerhouse, dominating English football while regularly competing for European trophies. In total, Ferguson won 13 Premier League titles, two Champions League titles and five FA Cups as part of his 38-trophy haul while at Old Trafford. To maintain that level of dominance, you have to recruit well and bring along talented youngsters, and Neville explained how Ferguson has been able to find that mix better than any other manager. "There were thr...
Newcastle fans turn on Ashley as club continues to charge season ticket costs
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Newcastle fans turn on Ashley as club continues to charge season ticket costs

The club chief is accused of ignoring the request from fan groups to stall payment of 2020-1 tickets amid the current uncertainty Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has seen his conduct during the coronavirus pandemic questioned again - this time over the club's policy regarding season ticket charges. On Wednesday, Magpies fans discovered that payments destined for 2020-1 season tickets had been taken from their accounts via direct debit. In some cases the charge for the entire season was removed, more than £500, in spite of the fact that the current season has been halted due to the pandemic and no official word has been released on when it will restart - or how this will affect proceedings in 2020-1. The decision to charge fans, moreover, comes at a time when due to the dis...
COVID-19: Ebeano Supermarket, Lekki Starts No Mask, No Entrance Policy
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COVID-19: Ebeano Supermarket, Lekki Starts No Mask, No Entrance Policy

Due to the fast spreading virus, Prince Ebeano Supermarket has rolled out a new service delivery process. My friend noticed it at their Lekki outlet. When I asked where he got masks, he said he tried another of their branch that hasn’t implemented the law. -No mask, no entry. No cash payments, only POS and transfers.
Kano State Government Bans Almajiri Children from Street Begging
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Kano State Government Bans Almajiri Children from Street Begging

Kano State Government has banned street begging by Almajiri children in the state. The state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, made this known during the launch of Basic Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) and the Distribution of Offer of Appointment to 7,500 volunteer teachers, held at Sani Abacha Stadium, Kofar Mata, today Tuesday February 25th.  He said the move is to ensure all children in the state benefit from the free and compulsory primary and secondary schools education policy provided by the state. The governor announced that any child found begging will be caught and the parent prosecuted. “This policy of free and compulsory basic and secondary education goes along with the integration of our Almajiri system into the mainstream policy implementation; which suggest...
Community Policing to Commence in Edo -CP Lawan Jimeta,
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Community Policing to Commence in Edo -CP Lawan Jimeta,

The Police Command in Edo says that community policing would soon commence in the state. The Edo Commissioner for Police, CP Lawan Jimeta, disclosed this in an interview with Newsmen in Benin on Thursday. Jimeta explained that community policing was one of the strategies of the present police administration as ordered by President Mohammadu Buhari, which implementation was expected to commence immediately. He said that in view of this the command within the next couple of weeks would commence the implementation of the directive. Jimeta added that community members committee would also be inaugurated to ensure the success of the policy. He noted that the committee would comprise of members from the various sector of the economy as the policy was aimed at bringing the comm...
FG Cannot Intervene in Ban of okada and Tricycles in Lagos – Amaechi
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FG Cannot Intervene in Ban of okada and Tricycles in Lagos – Amaechi

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has commented on the ban of commercial motorcycles popularly known as okadas and tricycles on major roads in Lagos State following an outcry that trailed its enforcement by the State's government on February 1. Speaking on Channels TV 'Sunrise Daily', Amaechi stated that it is not under the jurisdiction of the federal government to tell state governments what to do as implementation of transport policy is essentially a state affair. He said; “Implementation of transport policy is essentially a state affair. So you can’t be telling a state whether they want ‘okada’ or tricycles or not. That’s not our responsibility. It is for the state government to decide what to do.” Amaechi also stated that the Lagos State government has a valid ...
Wendy Williams And Kevin Hunter Finalise Divorce After 21 Years Of Marriage
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Wendy Williams And Kevin Hunter Finalise Divorce After 21 Years Of Marriage

Williams who was married to Hunter for 21 years filed for divorce in April 2019.  The daytime talk show host and Hunter cited irreconcilable differences as the cause. The duo is each foregoing alimony but Williams agreed to keep a $1million (£761,000) life insurance policy on herself that will go to Hunter should she die. They also agreed to sell their New Jersey home and share those proceeds while Williams will keep their home in Florida while Kevin allegedly doesn’t have to give up any proceeds he made from a house in Morristown, NJ that he once owned but sold. According to court documents obtained by Page Six, Hunter will sign over his shares of Wendy Williams productions to her and that she will get their joint bank account, while he will keep his cars and separate busi...
Sex For Grades: FG Laments Sexual Harassment, UNIPORT Unveils Preventive Policy
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Sex For Grades: FG Laments Sexual Harassment, UNIPORT Unveils Preventive Policy

The Federal Government declared on Tuesday it had been embarrassed by allegations of sexual harassment in the nation’ s universities and other tertiary institutions . The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, made the declaration at the University of Port Harcourt during the unveiling of a policy document against sexual harassment in the institution. Adamu, who was represented by the Assistant Director , Tertiary Department of the ministry, Mrs Ijeoma Duru , also expressed the need for female students to study and defend their certificates . The minister said , “ The Federal Ministry of Education is embarrassed with the allegations of sexual harassment in Nigerian higher institutions . Girls should read their books and be able to defend their certificates . “ They (female students) shoul...
Donald Trump admin ends program allowing migrants receiving medical care to stay in US
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Donald Trump admin ends program allowing migrants receiving medical care to stay in US

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said this week it has ended a policy that allows migrants to not be deported while they or their family members receive life-saving medical treatments. A USCIS spokesperson told The Hill in a statement Tuesday that the change took effect Aug. 7 but provides exemptions for military families. The spokesperson added that the policy is not ending, but will instead be handled through Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). As with any request for deferred action, ICE reviews each case on its own merits and exercises appropriate discretion after reviewing all the facts involved," an ICE spokesperson told The Hill in a statement Tuesday but declined to say whether the agency would be taking over the program from USCIS. USCIS receives a...
“Our Priority Is To Create More Jobs In The Country” – Buhari
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“Our Priority Is To Create More Jobs In The Country” – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday 23rd July, 2019, in Abuja said that the priority of his administration “is to create as many jobs as possible.” Speaking at an audience with the National Executive Council of the National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers led by its President, Comrade John Adaji, at the State House, President Buhari said in the last four years, the Federal Government deployed limited resources to job-creating sectors like agriculture and mining. Lamenting the closure of textile factories especially in the North which gave rise to crimes. He said:- “We promoted policies that will support local industries such as import restrictions. We introduced programmes that provided affordable and accessible capital to both large and cottage industries.” He...
How The Presidential Panel Recovered N3 Billion From Just Two Civil Servants
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How The Presidential Panel Recovered N3 Billion From Just Two Civil Servants

The Special Presidential Investigation Panel on Recovery of Public Property (SPIP), on Wednesday, said it has recovered over N3 billion from two senior officials by the Petroleum Equalization Fund (PEF), Premium Times reports. The panel named the officials as Goody Nnadi, who is the General Manager, Corporate Services at the Fund, and Aisha Usman, the General Manager, Operations. This was disclosed in a press conference on Wednesday in Abuja by the chairman of the panel, Okio Obono-Obla. Details of the press conference was published by Daily Trust newspapers. Mr Obono-Obla said the agency received a petition that Mr Nnadi operated a corporate account with a hotel named Galbani and Greatwood in Owerri, Imo State. He said the amount that went into the accounts of Mr Nnadi fro...
The Recklessness And Deceit Of Ruga Settlements
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The Recklessness And Deceit Of Ruga Settlements

Public policies are made in the public and collective interest. Essentially, policy experts agree that public policymaking is a process and not a one-off event; it is thus “characterized as a dynamic, complex, and interactive system through which public problems are identified and countered by creating new public policy or by reforming existing public policy.” Where any policy is contrived to advance sectional or vested interests, that policy ceases to be in the common interest. And that is exactly where Nigeria finds itself with the controversial Rural Grazing Areas (RUGA) herdsmen settlement. The folly and falsities of that policy are deep-seated and very polarizing. What is perhaps ever more disconcerting is the proclamation attributed to presidential spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu, t...
JAMB Speaks On Official UTME 2019 Cut-off Marks For Universities And Polytechnics
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JAMB Speaks On Official UTME 2019 Cut-off Marks For Universities And Polytechnics

The Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) has spoken on the cut-off marks for 2019 UTME. The board on Wednesday said there’s no cut-off mark yet. Due to flying rumours that the board has released the cut-off marks for placement of candidates into the tertiary institutions, Fabian Benjamin JAMB’s head of media and Information has revealed there’s nothing tangible in the speculations. “We want to seize this opportunity to caution the public especially candidates, not to allow themselves to be swindled by these desperate individuals that are peddling this rumour. “The board is yet to come up with any cut-off mark for placements into the various tertiary institutions across the country. The cut-off marks cannot be decided upon without the input of critical stakeholders of the educa...
FG Releases New Age Classification, 15-Year-Old Now To Be Regarded As A Youth
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FG Releases New Age Classification, 15-Year-Old Now To Be Regarded As A Youth

The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has released a new age classification in Nigeria. At the launch of the Revised National Youth Policy, 2019 which took place in Akure, Ondo State on May 24th, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung, in a foreword presented at the launch, disclosed that the age bracket for the classification of youth in Nigeria has been reviewed downward from 18 – 35 years to 15 – 29 years. Dalung in his foreword, stated that the age classification had to be reviewed downward so that every federal government intervention programmes designed for youths will get to the youths themselves and not adults masquerading as youth. According to the Minimum Age Convention (1973), the general minimum age for admission to employment or wo...
Google Changes Policy On Abortion Advertising
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Google Changes Policy On Abortion Advertising

U.S Tech Giant,Google will require advertisers who wish to run ads about abortion to apply for approval first, according to a change in the company’s policy. All Advertisers in the UK, US and Ireland will need to declare whether they do or do not provide abortions. This Implies That, information will be displayed in Google search results. According to the policy, the changes will help users “decide which abortion-related ads are relevant to them”. The policy change follows a report in the Guardian that found the tech giant had provided tens of thousands of dollars in free advertising to an anti-abortion group, whose ads suggest that it performs the procedure at its clinics. Marge Berer, coordinator for the International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion, said t...
‘We Have Recovered N605bn Through Whistle Blowing’, Says Finance Minister
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‘We Have Recovered N605bn Through Whistle Blowing’, Says Finance Minister

Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance in Nigeria, has said that the federal government of Nigeria has recovered N605billion through the whistleblowing policy. She gave the figure while speaking with journalists in Abuja on Thursday. She also said that states yet to receive their final tranche of the Paris Club debts refunds would be paid soon as funds have been released to that effect. Speaking on how much the whistleblowing policy, which was launched in December 2016, has helped the country to retrieve, Ahmed said not less than N540bn was recovered in 2018 alone. She added that the policy has been a “huge success” adding that the federal government would continue to ensure monies stolen by individuals from the national treasury would be recovered “The whistleblower policy of go...
Corruption: Don’t judge us by conviction figure, says Fed Govt
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Corruption: Don’t judge us by conviction figure, says Fed Govt

IT will be unfair to measure the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration by its achievements in anti-corruption fight by the number of convictions it has secured, the Federal Government said yesterday. Information, Culture and Tourism Minister Lai Mohammed, who featured on a live TVC News Programme – “This Morning” monitored in Abuja by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said the administration has succeeded in laying the foundation to stamp out corruption. He listed the Single Treasury Account (TSA) and Whistle Blower policy as some of the sustainable policies put in place by the government. According to the minister, with the solid foundation, the fight against corruption will remain the bedrock of the administration in the next four years. He said: “Under this administr...
Corruption guarantee no future for Nigerians students – NANS
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Corruption guarantee no future for Nigerians students – NANS

The students disclosed this yesterday as part of the communique raised after the National Conference of NANS which took place at the Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja with the theme: Students, our Society and the Future The NANS noted that the future of Students in Nigeria cannot be guaranteed without curbing corruption, stressed that they will continue to support the President’s quest to stem corruption in the country. The students also urged management of Institutions in the country not see unionism as a gathering to witch-hunt, but a forum where Administrative policy can be established on campus via students. As part of the communique, NANS also urged the Federal Government and tertiary institutions not to pay lip service to entrepreneurship if it ever want to tackle the issues of...
ICPC seeks solutions to vote-buying
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ICPC seeks solutions to vote-buying

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on Thursday said its research wing, the Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria (ACAN) will organise dialogue to find solutions to vote and results buying. It said the measure is part of a long term to protect the sanctity of the nation’s electoral process. These disclosures were made by the Provost of ACAN, Prof. Sola Akinrinade at a briefing in Abuja. Akinrinade said: “The truth is that we are all living witnesses to the various challenges relating to our electoral process. “It is almost an open knowledge that vote buying is a phenomenon that has been part and parcel of our electoral process, including when the nation adopted Option A4 system. “We are looking at addressing the issues at fundamental l...
Smugglers threaten CBN’s rice intervention, say processors
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Smugglers threaten CBN’s rice intervention, say processors

Rice processors in Nigeria have raised the alarm that the Federal Government’s financing policy through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is under treat of failing from the activities of rice smugglers. Addressing reporters on the threat in Abuja over the weekend, Chairman of Rice Processors Association of Nigeria (RIPAN) Alhaji Muhammed Abubakar lamented that over 1 million metric tons of rice (about 20,000,000 bags of 50kg or 34,000 trucks of rice) have been smuggled into the country in the last three months. Abubakar said: “Nigeria currently loses huge revenues, foreign exchange and jobs to this menace of smuggling while Nigeria rice processing companies are shutting down because of their inability to gain market access and more painfully millions of small-holder farmers are stuck...
Willian Reveals Decision He Has Taken on Chelsea Future
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Willian Reveals Decision He Has Taken on Chelsea Future

Chelsea star, Willian has revealed that he wants to sign a new contract with the club but admitted that he doesn’t know if the club intend to offer him a new deal. The 30-year-old will have just a year remaining on his current deal at the end of the season. Chelsea have a policy of only offering one-year contracts to players in their 30’s. But Willian admits he is keen on staying at Stamford Bridge and says he feels “comfortable” at the club. “I have one year left, but of course I want to play for this club. “I don’t know if they want me, but of course I want to continue here. “This club is very special to me. I won titles here, I have the affection from the fans and from the people that work in the club. “I feel comfortable to stay. I am happy when I p...
Thousands of Migrant Children report that they were Sexually Abused while in US Custody
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Thousands of Migrant Children report that they were Sexually Abused while in US Custody

As though the heartbreak at being separated from their parents at the borders was not enough, a large number of migrant children held at different facilities at the U.S Southern border are saying they were sexually abused while living in the government-administered shelters. According to federal records released Tuesday, in the past four years, 4,556 children said immigrant children who arrived at the southern U.S. border without their parents have reported being sexually abused while in government custody. Allegations go back to 2015, meaning the reported assaults started under the Obama administration. But the allegations have increased in the past two years after the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that led to at least 2,800 family separations flooding the shelters ...
FG Condemns Deportation of 723 Nigerians From Ghana
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FG Condemns Deportation of 723 Nigerians From Ghana

The federal government has condemned the deportation of 723 Nigerians from Ghana. The Nigerians were expelled from the West African country on allegations of cybercrime, prostitution and illegal stay. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement by its Spokesperson, George Edokpa on Friday in Abuja, expressed concern over the development saying the federal government also frowned at the reports which included the maltreatment and inhuman conditions entailed in the processes by the Ghanaian authorities. “Although it is the policy of the Government not to condone any form of criminality on the part of Nigerians in any part of the World, such inhuman treatment and alleged torture of some of these Nigerians in Ghana is unacceptable,” it said. The ministry said the federal government...

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